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May 11, 2007

Purdue Notebook

Faculty and staff honors

— William "Bill" Hutzel, an associate professor of mechanical engineering technology, has received a fellowship from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.  He will spend a year, starting in August, in Washington, D.C., providing engineering and technical advice to policy makers in Congress, federal agencies and the White House. 

— John McConnell,  Emanuel T. Weiler Distinguished Professor of Management,  was named a Financial Management Association faculty fellow. The association includes academicians and practitioners worldwide who develop and disseminate knowledge about financial decision making. The fellow program recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession through distinguished scholarship. McConnell, who earned his doctorate from Purdue in 1974, has been a faculty member at Krannert School of Management since 1976.

— Dale A. Harris, a professor of engineering education at Purdue, was invited to give a series of lectures this month at Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications in China and to discuss possible collaborations between Purdue and the Chinese institution. The theme of the lectures, which he delivered May 9-11, was globalization and lifelong learning in engineering.  Potential collaborations include arrangements where students at one university take a course from the other over the Internet; team-taught courses where faculty from both institutions instruct within the same course; and joint degrees offered to employed engineers in China who would take courses from both institutions, taking some courses on-campus and some at a distance over the Internet and receiving a degree from both institutions. Harris also is executive director of engineering professional education at Purdue.

Alumni honors

— Erik Lie, who earned a doctorate in 1996 from Krannert School of Management, was named to the Time 100, Time magazine's list of the 100 men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world. Lie, an associate professor at the University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie College of Business, has received recognition for his research on the options backdating scandal.

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